“Make a wish list of 5 things found round the net!“. This question was sent to me last week by Santa Bindemane, author of Kids-Gazette. The bi-lingual (Latvian/English), Riga-based blog features all sorts of wonderful things including “non-standard solutions for everyday life”. My selection included a fun green bean bag from Serendipity, yellow salt water sandals from Sweet Williams (my girls favorites since our New York days) and a frog kite from Petit Pan. Click here to see the full selection/article.
Getting the house ready for Jasmine’s 7th birthday. Celebrating all day : fifteen girls, fairy princess and face painter in the morning, five boys for a Star Wars screening and lego in the afternoon. Wish me luck…(and don’t ask about the sexist segmentation; Jamine’s choice!).
A year ago I didn’t know what a fouta was. I just knew that I loved light bathroom towels like the honey comb ones of my Swiss grandmother, or the ones I used in chic hotels and hammam places in Morocco. Today, I have a house full of them, and I use them in every occasion, as home or beach towels, sarong, bed throws, picnic blanket. Foutas are absorbent, lightweight and wash brilliantly. The best provider I’ve found so far is www.febronie.com : excellent quality, great choice of colors, and foutas in children’s sizes. Fouta’s Folie…
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Posted in Design - Home DecorJune 14, 2011
I had a total crush on this white bear, made in Latvia.
Handmade in 100% wool felted, it measures 45 cm (17″) and is the ideal decor companion.
Available on Etsy – Thanks to e-glue for bringing it to my attention!
Posted in Design - Home DecorJune 13, 2011
Raining? Scared that the bored children might give those cute dolls a make over or, even worse, a hair cut? Opt for this fun d-y-i kit by design awarded Donna Wilson – Each pack contains a pre-stitched creature shape, stuffing + felt bits + bobs and step by step instructions. No sewing skills required. All monster kits are unique, the Monster shown is only to give an idea what a monster could look like. Price £15.60. www.donnawilson.com
Posted in Design - Home DecorJune 6, 2011
If you are looking for ideas to create shop windows or party decorations, you might love the paper flowers by Pom-Pom-Factory.
They are available in many colours and sizes, versatile and reasonably priced.
Available at Bobo Kids, 29 Elystan Street, London
“We love to design products that make people happy. Nothing more, nothing less” claims the website home page of Dutch brand Colorique. I haven’t had a chance to buy one of their cushions yet, but I really enjoy seeing them in picture. The Colorique collections are produced by a little factory in Jaipur, India. To find out more, visit www.colorique.com.
Posted in Design - Home DecorMay 20, 2011
Created by Liam Hopskin, Gerald is a self assembly dog. To be precise, he’s a Bracco Italiano! He comes flat-packed and needs your help to be put together. Gerald is available in limited edition Dazzle (print by Richard Sweeney), Pixel and in plain white.
Made from thick paper, in the United Kingdom. When assembled: 27 × 8 × 20cm. All you need is a ruler, glue, scissors or a craft knife, a steady hand and patience! Available on www.theo-theo.com.
Ouch! Cactus Canape by Cerruti Baleri, design Maurizio Galante + Tal Lancman. In display during the Milan Furniture Fair - Exhibit “Transversal Design, Interware, Maurizio Galante + Tal Lancman” at the Triennale. Photo by Andrea Martiradonna.
Triple ouch! Via Paolo Rinaldi/Lineasette www.lineasette.eu
This one is particularly intriguing for children : “maman, is it for real”? A very good way to approach the notions of design, form, function, humour, surrealism…
Barbed Wire, rug by Studio Job for www.nodusrug.it
Roots, rug by Matali Crasset for www.nodusrug.it
Metamorphosis bookshelf, hand carved from baltic birch plywood. Design by Sebastian Errazuriz.
Dressed in silk kimonos and bright felt, these little rabbits and dolls are the fruit of a collaboration between jewelry designers Marie-Hélène de Taillac and Mathilde de Turckheim Retif. Both with a “de” in their elegant names, the two women also share a love for colors, gems, high quality workmanship and quiet design. A great fit for an adorable collection, handmade by Sri-Lankan women though a sustainable network.
Click here to see a previous article on Mathilde de Turchheim Retif, and click here for the interview with her and daughter Margot.